52 Melodic Etudes for Saxophone Book 2 (Etudes 19-37)
Practicing etudes (studies) is one of the most important components of building not only a fine technique on the saxophone, but it also develops the player’s ability to understand and interpret various styles of music. The problem I have found is that the majority of the etudes books presently available for saxophone are classically oriented and as such do not present or develop the player’s ability to play in a multitude of various styles that require a command of tonal and stylistic nuances necessary to play more than just classically oriented repertoire. And that’s primarily why I decided to write this series of books. The etudes within this and the other books in this series, present music for many different eras and styles of music that have become popular and well established as part of the 20th and 21st century’s musical fabric. Some of the styles to be found in this series include but are not limited to: Classical, Swing, Ragtime, Blues, Rock, Funk, Latin, Tango, Hip Hop, Be Bop, light Pop, Easy listening, Adult contemporary and even an action packed “sound track” for the final all inclusive, ultimate workout in Book 3 of this series.
This product also includes a zip file containing mp3 tracks on which I perform each of the etudes so that the player can gain a better understanding of what I had in mind for each of the etudes and stylistic and tonal elements necessary for their proper performance. (Andy Firth May 2019)
Book 2 of this series will extend the player’s ability to do these things (and many more) but in the context of more challenging works in many more challenging key centres, (A major, E major, Ab major, F minor, B minor, Eb major and more). Book 2 in this series will take the player to a further level of technical fluency, stylistic maturity and develop tight, well placed and more challenging rhythmic accuracy within the context of playing various time and stylistic feels. Book 2 features more challenging key tonalities, articulation patterns, finger patterns and features Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Latin, Funk & Be Bop styles.
Book 2 Contents: (18 Etudes in various styles)
Etude 19: Rainbow Dreams. Etude 20: Rose Petals. Etude 21: Oh Cisco! Etude 22: Starlight Dreams. Etude 23: Tumble Weeds. Etude 24: Blue Flame Tango. Etude 25: Greasy Rag. Etude 26: Autumn Nights. Etude 27: The Woodpecker. Etude 28: Mainly Mozart. Etude 29: Circles. Etude 30: Tango de Fuego. Etude 31: In the Pink. Etude 32: Swingin’ in Moscow. Etude 33: Ice Castles. Etude 34: Overtime. Etude 35: Black Moon Tango. Etude 36: Syncopatico. Etude 37: Beedlee Bop Bop!